On Friday, the Associated Press announced that Buccaneers running back Doug Martin has been selected as a All-Pro for the 2015 season. Martin finished with 1,402 rushing yards, the second-most in the league behind Minnesota's Adrian Peterson.
"I'm truly honored and blessed that people think that of me," Martin said. "At the same time, it's not an individual honor – it took 11 guys to get me here and to be as successful as I am today. It's a team accomplishment and I'm truly grateful," said Martin. "The O-line really doesn't get the credit that they deserve. I get the handoff and fans only see me running by people and scoring touchdowns, but all the hard work is in the trenches and the O-line did an awesome job this past year. I have good chemistry with them and those guys don't get a lot of credit, but this is an O-line/running back accomplishment. Those guys are fighters and that's something that I'm very appreciative of and thankful for."
Although Martin did not lead the league in total rushing yards, he was among the NFL's best in several categories. He picked up 650 yards after contact, which were the most in the NFL. He was also the league-leader in rushes of 20 yards or more (14) and yards per carry among the top 10 rushers (4.9).
Martin was also selected to play in the Pro Bowl later this month, marking the second time he'll be making the trip to Hawaii.
Martin's 1,402 rushing yards were the third-most by a Buccaneer in a single season. He currently has 3,806 yards as a Buccaneer, the fourth-most in team history. He helped the Buccaneers finish No. 5 in the league in total offensive yards per game, their highest finish in franchise history.
This is the first time that Martin has been selected as an All-Pro by the Associated Press. He did not earn the honor in 2012, despite rushing for more than 1,400 yards and earning a trip to the Pro Bowl.
Photos of running back Doug Martin from the 2015 season.